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RE: Inbred scalation on Indigo's

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Posted by: kichimark at Mon Aug 19 22:12:14 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by kichimark ]  
   

Excellent post Matt. One thing I have learned is that there are always more variables than we think and it is always good to be remindful of them. The diet of the mother which you mentioned is interesting and perhaps even temp ranges and length. I have breed crested geckos before and know it is better to have a longer incubation rate since this tends to provide larger crowns on the sides of the head.

For those who had indigos with stunted growth, how were the belly scales? I ask since Rango is growing pretty well and has doubled in size since I purchased him earlier this year. Definitely has been shedding once every three weeks.

Rango's scales do run almost the entire length of the snake with the exception of maybe 4 or 5 scales just above the vent. Heck, all the talk about the inbreeding is freaking me out just a tad since my first specimen turns out to be one of which people have never seen so bad. He is still a hearty eater and never skips a meal which is twice per week. Diet wise I alternate the foods being mice then followed by quail then by wild salmon. I was at an asian market the other day of which they sell frog legs which I picked up a package and will feed him some of that on Tuesday.

Breeding wise I will not breed Rango. I am in the market for a female and will purchase another male when time and finances allow. It would be interesting to see the results of him breeding to a not so related female but talking with some experts I am not sure I am willing to take that risk. My gf was really bummed out at this and I told her we will just see if he makes it past the 3-4 year since from what I hear tends to be the time frame where the inbreds cause issues.

Bob- Rango IS a high red variation. Interesting call.


   

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